NASA launches offensive
United States space agency NASA has joined the chorus of people voicing condemnation of singer Beyonce for using an audio sample recorded moments after the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, killing all seven crew members, in her latest single. NASA issued a statement late Tuesday slamming the “trivialization” of the tragedy after the pop star began to receive criticism from Challenger families and others for using the short sample that includes the words “major malfunction” as an allusion to a failed relationship. “The Challenger accident is an important part of our history, a tragic reminder that space exploration is risky and should never be trivialized,” said the statement from Lauren B. Worley, NASA’s press secretary. The controversial sample appears at the beginning of her song XO from her new self-titled album.